Ogbonna - who is currently on international duty with Italy at Euro 2012 - has been linked with Liverpool several times over the last year, and in November 2011, he confirmed the Reds' interest:
"I am flattered by the interest from clubs. Liverpool is a dream club. If they are interested in me, that is awesome. I love the Premier League and one day I might play in that league".
Yesterday, Torino director Gianluca Petrachi was asked if the club would sell Ogbonna this summer, and he said:
"We have already spoken about this several times: only a sensational offer will shift our stance"
He was then asked if a bid of €12 million would be acceptable, to which replied:
"I believe that it would require much more [than that]"
Given Torino's comparatively lowly status in Serie A, I doubt they have the bargaining strength to demand a bigger fee than €12m, and Liverpool could probably get him for a lower fee than that.
24-year-old Ogbonna can also play at left-back, which would be useful for putting some pressure on Jose Enrique, who doesn't really have any credible challengers for his role at present.
I'm personally not fussed if Skrtel leaves; he's been at the club for 6 years and this is the first time (IMO) that he's shown signs of consistent form and genuine progress. Perhaps it would be wise for the club to cash in on him now and make a profit...?